Muladeva, Mūladeva, Mula-deva: 12 definitions


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In Hinduism

Kavya (poetry)

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Source: Wisdom Library: Kathāsaritsāgara

Mūladeva (मूलदेव) is the name of a master of magic arts (siddha-guru), as mentioned in the fifteenth story of the Vetālapañcaviṃśati in the Kathāsaritsāgara, chapter 89. Accordingly, “... having thus reflected, he [Manaḥsvāmin] managed to get through that day, and the next morning he went to visit that master of magic, Mūladeva. And he saw that master, who was ever in the company of his friend Śaśin, full of many marvellous magic ways, like the sky come down to earth in human shape.”.

Mūladeva is also mentioned in the Kathāsaritsāgara, chapter 124. Accordingly, as Mūladeva said to king Vikramāditya: “... I went once to Pāṭaliputra with Śaśin, thinking that it was the home of polished wits, and longing to make trial of their cleverness”.

The story of Mūladeva is mentioned in the Vetālapañcaviṃśati (twenty-five tales of a vetāla) which is embedded in the twelfth book of the Kathāsaritsāgara (‘ocean of streams of story’). The main book is a famous Sanskrit epic detailing the exploits of prince Naravāhanadatta in his quest to become the emperor of the vidyādharas (celestial beings). The Kathā-sarit-sāgara is is explained to be an adaptation of Guṇāḍhya’s Bṛhatkathā which consisted of 100,000 verses and in turn forms part of an even larger work containing 700,000 verses.

Source: OpenEdition books: Vividhatīrthakalpaḥ (Kāvya)

Mūladeva (मूलदेव) was a lover of Devadattā, as mentioned in the Vividhatīrthakalpa by Jinaprabhasūri (13th century A.D.): an ancient text devoted to various Jaina holy places (tīrthas).—Accordingly, “Mūladeva and Acala fight over the love of courtesan Devadattā. The mother prefers Acala for her wealth, but Devadattā loves Mūladeva for her intellectual qualities. Various adventures ensue before the reunion of the two lovers”.

Cf. Uttarādhyayanacūrṇi 118.7-121.13; Uttarādhyayana 59.14-65.8.

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Kavya (काव्य, kavya) refers to Sanskrit poetry, a popular ancient Indian tradition of literature. There have been many Sanskrit poets over the ages, hailing from ancient India and beyond. This topic includes mahakavya, or ‘epic poetry’ and natya, or ‘dramatic poetry’.

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In Buddhism

Theravada (major branch of Buddhism)

Source: Pali Kanon: Pali Proper Names

A robber, mentioned as having great power. MA.ii.688; DA.i.89.

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Theravāda is a major branch of Buddhism having the the Pali canon (tipitaka) as their canonical literature, which includes the vinaya-pitaka (monastic rules), the sutta-pitaka (Buddhist sermons) and the abhidhamma-pitaka (philosophy and psychology).

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In Jainism

General definition (in Jainism)

Source: Tessitori Collection I

Mūladeva (मूलदेव) or Mūladevakathā refers to one of the 157 stories embedded in the Kathāmahodadhi by Somacandra (narrating stories from Jain literature, based on the Karpūraprakara), which is included in the collection of manuscripts at the ‘Vincenzo Joppi’ library, collected by Luigi Pio Tessitori during his visit to Rajasthan between 1914 and 1919.—The Kathāmahodadhi represents a repository of 157 stories [e.g., Mūladeva-kathā] written in prose Sanskrit, although each of them is preceded by a verse. Together, they stage a large number of Jain characters (including early teachers). [...]

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Jainism is an Indian religion of Dharma whose doctrine revolves around harmlessness (ahimsa) towards every living being. The two major branches (Digambara and Svetambara) of Jainism stimulate self-control (or, shramana, ‘self-reliance’) and spiritual development through a path of peace for the soul to progess to the ultimate goal.

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Languages of India and abroad

Sanskrit dictionary

Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Mūladeva (मूलदेव).—an epithet of Kaṃsa.

Derivable forms: mūladevaḥ (मूलदेवः).

Mūladeva is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms mūla and deva (देव).

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Shabda-Sagara Sanskrit-English Dictionary

Mūladeva (मूलदेव).—m.

(-vaḥ) A name of Kansa, the uncle of Krishna. E. mūla original, and deva a deity; the incarnation of a demi-god.

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Cappeller Sanskrit-English Dictionary

Mūladeva (मूलदेव).—[masculine] a man’s name.

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Aufrecht Catalogus Catalogorum

1) Mūladeva (मूलदेव) as mentioned in Aufrecht’s Catalogus Catalogorum:—a teacher of yoga. Mentioned in Śāktaratnākara Oxf. 101^a.
—a teacher of Kāmaśāstra. Quoted in Pañcasāyaka Bik. 533. Peters. 2, 110.
—a medical author. W. p. 306.

2) Mūladeva (मूलदेव):—Keralapraśna jy.

3) Mūladeva (मूलदेव):—Keralagranthodāharaṇa.

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Monier-Williams Sanskrit-English Dictionary

1) Mūladeva (मूलदेव):—[=mūla-deva] [from mūla > mūl] m. = mūra-d (q.v.)

2) [v.s. ...] Name of Kaṃsa, [cf. Lexicographers, esp. such as amarasiṃha, halāyudha, hemacandra, etc.] (cf. -bhadra)

3) [v.s. ...] of various men, [Kathāsaritsāgara]

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Yates Sanskrit-English Dictionary

Mūladeva (मूलदेव):—[mūla-deva] (vaḥ) 1. m. Kaṃsa.

[Sanskrit to German]

Muladeva in German

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Sanskrit, also spelled संस्कृतम् (saṃskṛtam), is an ancient language of India commonly seen as the grandmother of the Indo-European language family (even English!). Closely allied with Prakrit and Pali, Sanskrit is more exhaustive in both grammar and terms and has the most extensive collection of literature in the world, greatly surpassing its sister-languages Greek and Latin.

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